Director’s Note – January 2014

Paul Juniper

Paul Juniper, Director, Queen's IRCTwitter and other social networking channels have demonstrated just how quickly we’ve become a global community. News travels at a blinding speed, and events occurring halfway around the world are broadcast in real time to our various devices.

These days, the business world is evolving just as quickly. New international partnerships and collaborations have changed the landscape in practically every industry, resulting in both opportunity and challenge for organizations and changing the way we approach new markets. It’s not just a matter of expanding into an international market – it’s also about understanding how new competitors are vying for your customers and your top talent.

At Queen’s IRC, we don’t just teach you how to thrive in a global economy – we live it. We’ve partnered with the Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados since 2009, and recently, we signed a partnership agreement with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, a school recognized as the premier institution for the provision of business and management education, training and consultancy services in Trinidad and Tobago. These agreements allow us to expand our markets – and they give us valuable experience that can be translated into teachable moments for our clients.

Globalization is not just about partnerships, however, it is also about understanding culturally diverse markets and building a dynamic and nimble organizational structure that is responsive to the opportunities that lie ahead. In a world currently experiencing global talent shortages, it is more important than ever to understand how to build and retain expert teams for competitive advantage.

Our new Strategic Workforce Planning program focuses on talent management for sustainability and growth in changing times. Our instructors use real-world experience and evidence-based tools to help you understand the core components of succession planning and identify gaps in your current workforce planning. Combined with our other programs, the Strategic Workforce Planning program offers exceptional benefits to leaders who want to stay ahead of the curve.

Our programs continue to grow and evolve in response to your needs and the ever-shifting needs of a complex business environment. Our communication strategy now includes social media, and I encourage you to join us on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Take the time to explore how we can help you align personal growth and planning with the goals of your organization and a changing world.

Paul Juniper, CHRP, SPHR
Director, Queen’s IRC

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